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  • Can anyone help with these pictures?
    Hi tattoo gurus! I am new here. I am hoping someone can help with identifying the symbolism of these tattoos in the pictures? I think the numbers are 9-3-20 but I am more interested in what the picture means. What style of tattoo is it, also if the numbers could possibly be related to the picture in some way? I thought it may be a zodiac tattoo but there doesn't seem to be a corresponding symbol. Would appreciate any answers.
  • Standard Shop Rate vs. Artist Rate
    i think the topic itself is awkward - of course #1 discussing money can be awkward in general but i think there is an etiquette that should be there through different parts of the process of getting tattooed i kinda find the whole thing pretty sacred in a way and to focus your energy on prices and price differences (remember that was the intent of the OP's thread) to me - its poor form  i do talk money with my tattooer i simply state what i want and what my budget is i.e. - "do you think my budget of 'x' dollars would work for what i'm looking to get?" by now i have a feel for it so i usually know how much a piece will cost i try to do 100% cash - also good form imo to each their own on this issue but this pretty much sums up my feelings on the topic oh - forum members... dont forget to throwdown in the lowdown - a much more entertaining thread i assure you  

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    Can anyone help with these pictures?
    Hi tattoo gurus! I am new here. I am hoping someone can help with identifying the symbolism of these tattoos in the pictures? I think the numbers are 9-3-20 but I am more interested in what the picture means. What style of tattoo is it, also if the numbers could possibly be related to the picture in some way? I thought it may be a zodiac tattoo but there doesn't seem to be a corresponding symbol. Would appreciate any answers.
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    Tattoos at non tattoo conventions
    Curious what folks here think of non tattoo conventions hosting tattooers.   I, like most others here, have other interests outside of tattoos. I have noticed that folks are getting tattooed at conventions that have absolutely nothing to do with tattooing. Examples are: the annual Shot Show (a yearly gun industry convention) and also at Blade Show (Similar but for knives).  I am not sure that these events are set up to be conducive to sanitary tattooing, and have heard a horror story, from a local tattooer around here, about a dude who spent 2 solid days getting tattooed at the shot show only to walk away with a wicked case of MRSA as his reward. Apparently the dude almost lost his leg the infection was so bad.  I was so confused as to why someone would go to this big industry event to get tattooed.  You've gotta imagine there has to be a few legit shops in the guy's area (apparently he's local, and yes there are). I can't imagine buying a gun at a tattoo convention, and I can't imagine getting tattooed at a gun convention.  I am fairly open minded (my wife would seriously disagre) and am curious as to what the great folks here think of this.   i don't normally start new threads so go easy..  
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    Hey, i'm trying to do a history of Edmonton tattooers at my shop Lucky Strike Tattoo. I've been tracing the lineage back to Fred Baldwin, but can't find a lot of info on him other than he taught Charlie Snow, who taught Jerry Swallow. I'm looking for a more in depth bio on him, like birth and death dates, shop names, Etc...... if anyone has any info, or links to anything that would be greatly appreciated
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    Hey all, sorry in advance if I'm missing a previous thread. My shin was tattooed last week on Wednesday and I might go white water rafting this Sunday (11 days later).  I usually heal quick but this is cutting it close.  I'm wondering if it makes sense to try and cover my tattoo while rafting?  Are there any tricks or tips to keeping tattoo's more dry, other than not exposing them to water?  

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